Friday, January 9, 2015

Nalanda

Base Town: Bihar Sharif
Where: 100 Kms from Patna
How to reach: 20 Kms from Pawapuri, 5 Kms from Kundalpur
Best time to visit: Sept-February (post rains)
Time visited: Dec 2014
Stay:  Kundalpur Dharmashala
Food: Hotmeals in Dharmashalas 
Parking: Parking available outside premises

Tour Plan

Day 1: Madhuban - Rest and local Darshan
Day 2: The Climb-Vandana
Day 3: Parikrama (Pradakshina)
Day 4: Rest
Day 5: Gunawa-Guniyaj, Nawada, Pawapuri, Nalanda, Kundalpur
Day 6: Kundalpur-Rajgrihi-Kundalpur
Day 7: Gaya, Vaishali
Day 8: Vaishali Sightseeing, Patna







History on Internet:
Nalanda was a large Buddhist monastery in the ancient kingdom of Magadha. University had a long and illustrious life which lasted almost continually for 800 years from the fifth to the twelfth century CE. It was a completely residential university believed to have 2,000 teachers and 10,000 students. At its peak, the school attracted scholars and students from near and far with some travelling all the way from Tibet, China, Korea, and Central Asia.[8]:169 Archaeological evidence also notes contact with the Shailendra dynasty of Indonesia, one of whose kings built a monastery in the complex. It includes stupas, shrines, viharas (residential and educational buildings) and important art works in stucco, stone and metal. It is said that Mohammaad Bakhtiar Khilji destroyed Nalanda.








The study rooms









Stupas



Some pillars have Jain Carvings




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